blog hop.

If you have just joined me here then come along as we join in the fun of the
Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop. Go back and start with Pamela's blog to join in the fun

a bit about me...
I am honored to be a NEW Design Team Member for Scrapbook Challenges
i have been scrapbooking forever and come from a card making and stamping background. I absolutely love techniques and patterned paper - these are my favourite products to use. I have a somewhat eclectic style that is simple with something unexpected. On my blog you will find something of everything I dabble in creatively and a bit about my life...
Scrapbook Challenges is an awesome creative community with lots of inspirational sketches and challenges with loads of talent on the design team.

here's the wonderful sketch Pamela came up with for the blog hop
we have been challenged with...

and here is my take on the sketch of the double page

This layout inspiration apart from the sketch came from the gift bag (patterned paper) I recently bought. The vibrant colors and tattoo like images was a real eye catcher!
I used circles on my layout as the elements in the middle. I also chose to use only 3 photos on the right and lose the 3 photos on the left side of my layout.

For my title I used a large circle and inked it using my Scattered Straw Distress ink. The top part of the circle was finished off by repeating the laced ribbon on the left side of the layout.

I used my favourite swirl stamp from fancy pants and stamped in the bottom of the circle and placed my title letters across the top part. The lettering is grungeboard colored with Lipstick Distress ink and then glazed.

be sure to check out the totally cool prizes you can win just by being a part of this blog hop! and who couldn't do with a few more goodies for scrapping goodness...
There are some fabulous paper goodies up for grab as well as some awesome Prima flowers...

next hop on to Cathy's blog to see what she has come up with

don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs to win BIG!

the other design team members to visit in this order are:
1. Pamela -
2. Ilene -
3. Deb -
4. Jackie -
5. Lydia -
6. Jowilna -
7. Cathy -
8. Jenn -
9. Catherine -
10. Karen -
11. Annie -
12. Dani -
13. Sarah E -
14. Rene' -
15. Sarah S -
16. Jamie - www.paperheartproject.
17. Debi -
18. Natalie -
19. Sookie -
20. Brynn -

family time chunky atc.

while working on some other projects this past month I made this little guy.
a family time chunky atc robot!
the feet are from an old kitchen cupboard as well as the hinge...the rest are all just goodies from my table...
so in short just something i made! and love...

playing catchup.

i finally got some time to play catchup with some of Jayson's paragliding layouts. I have been dying to just get at least a single album up to date - currently a million and one layouts are all filed in lever arch file holders. they are the perfect size to keep the layouts in, but enough is enough. I have enough photos of the paragliding to keep me going for a while still...and it is about time i got that up to date at least!

my new favourite embellishments...pearls

and an old favourite...7gypsies 97% complete stickers. they seem to have something
for anything you want to say - and with a whole lot of humor added too!

supplies: card stock Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper Fabscraps. Stickers 7Gypsies. Ink Ranger Industries. Other Tag, embroidery thread, circle punch, craft foam and sanding block.

design team family!

i am thrilled to announce that i am now part of this fabulous family
as a design team member! I love what Regina has accomplished with the site
and it really does combine my true passions - scrapbooking and stamping!
head on over to
to see who else is part of the family and for some serious inspiration!
we are a great bunch of talent and hope that you will find lots of inspiration and come and play along with us each week ... and to win some fabulous prizes too! pinch myself again... and get cracking on some deadlines!

simply done.

this layout was done a few weeks ago when cariena sent me some
of the fabulous making memories papers. The layout features my friend and scrapbooking genius Melissa from Kaisercraft in Australia. I kept it clean and simple focusing on the photos and the pretty embossed paper from India. I heart my embossed papers!
this has been a crazy busy week with projects coming out of my ears and piled high onto my table...with barely 6 inches of working space on my desk and stuff all across my lounge!
How does that always happen? i look forward to the end of the month when these projects are collected and returned only towards the end of the year....when they will be new and fresh and beautiful again! hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend ahead.

cuttlebug class.

Saturday is play day at Sweet scrappins in Pretoria.
We are doing a few creative things with our cuttlebug machines.
so if you haven't booked your seat yet contact Carla today.
We are combining the bug with distress inks which makes for a colourful
affair with loads of new ideas on how to fully utilize your bug!

also...did you know National Scrapbook Day is coming up?
watch this space for some exciting blog hops happening with stunning give-aways..

vintage tag card.

found these stunning tags at tattered vintage this week - aren't they just gorgeous.
Made a few quick cards to send to some people...i am so way behind on sending cards it's unbelievable. anyhow...hopefully after this month things will settle back into some kind of normal routine. Have a wonderful week filled with creativity!

supplies: cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper by Making Memories.
Other pearls and ribbon.

la femme chunky book pages.

Benice hosted a chunky book swap with the theme La Femme Mystique...this little baby was part four of four with the theme Dressmakers dummies. These are my pages and how i interpreted it...
The front page consists of dressmakers pattern adhered to white card stock and the dummy stamped onto it. I stamped the dummy a second time and raised the top part only so i could add the tag and bow. A glass button and piece of measuring tape finishes it off.

For the back page I used the same coloured patterned paper with writing and buttons on - both from K&Co. These were sandwiched with a piece of lace and the stamped dummy.
Again i stamped the dummy a second time onto yellow patterned paper and cut the bodice part out adhered it to the original stamped image and finished it off with 3 diamante.
I used dressmakers pattern to make the paper rosette, added a press stud to the top of the dummy and a button.

have a wonderful day!

smooch + mask = card.

while playing around with my smooch spritz and some masks...this is what happened. i love when things take a turn for what seems like a disaster and then turns out to be a pretty cool technique. The piece of patterned paper, ribbon and embellishments were also some stuff from my table and just happened to find their way onto the card.

the mask is by enmarc ...

folded ribbon and button detail...

and some stamping of course...

sketch challenge.

this week at scrap and stamp Saturday the challenge was to use a supplied sketch. I changed the single page layout into a double by simply stretching my sketch

by the way...these are my new favourite colours to work, black,
khaki green and yellow

I used some of 7Gypsies' texture them lately

my stamping part was done with Tim Holtz stamps...and also a favourite saying...

used my smooch spritz for fun...

and some old K&Company collage art...
The journaling was done on thin strips and then matted to make then stand out against the background paper...which i love by the way! Other details include a South African postage stamp, staples, Jenni Bowlin stickers, flat backed pearls and diamante...
hope you feel inspired. head on over to scrap and stamp Saturday to find some more inspiring layouts.

perfect pearl cards.

these are the remaining cards from the recent perfect pearls class at sweet scrappins in Pretoria.
This first cards we used perfect pearls t paint with. The pearls are mixed with Gum Arabic and water to give you different effects. The orchid stamp is a discontinued one from PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange...i wish they were still around)

I really love the effect of painting with pearls...

This second technique is one done on glossy paper and my own creation/development...
I love the effects you can achieve!

perfect pearls and embossing...the perfect combination

another favourite stamp from Stampington...

Perfect pearls used with Versamark ink on black card stock...
love the 7Gypsies paper on the background

a new technique using Distress inks and Perfect pearls the outcome of this one too

this is the simplest one...colour your white card stock background with two or three different colours of perfect pearls and then over stamp that with an image in black

let me know what you think...or book your class to come and join in the fun!

scrapbook den card class.

Mother's day is creeping up and if you are one of those who always have to rush out last minute to get cards for your mom, mother in law, sister or friend...this class is for you
Here's a sneak peak at the mother's day cards I will be teaching at
Scrapbook Den in Edenvale
Friday 30th April 2010

Contact them to book your spot
(011)453 2724

blog-candy winner.

congratulations! Jayson picked the winner...
I have mailed you so please get back to me asap.
Thanks to everyone for the comments and well wishes...look out for more blog candy
soon to celebrate some other accomplishments.
this time around...hint hint you can win some projects I am working on for a special event

left-over alphabets.

sharing an older layout what do you do with all your odd left-over chipboard alphabets? well i added mine to a layout, first painted them the same blue as my background card stock, glazed and embossed some and then added some smaller details in between like diamante, hand sewn stitches and printed words matted. I even used some Basic Grey alpha stickers - these I layered two or three on top of each other and then painted them. By layering them on top of each other you give them some dimension. Hope you like it and feel inspired to use all those x, y and Zs this week. I will be back later with that winner!!!

to make it easier to paint all your chipboard letters at once,
adhere them to your Teflon craft sheet with stickies to keep them in place.
Paint the letters all at least three coats and leave them to dry.
once dry simply peel them off your craft sheet and use them on your projects.
This way you don't get any paint on your fingers while trying to hold them,
and you get a nice even layer of paint. Hope this helps.


whoo-hoo I made it to 10009 and counting!
thanks to everyone for leaving comments and the virtual support.
i will do the draw tomorrow for the blog-candy and also a picture of the wrapped goodies..
in the meantime I hope you didn't have too much candy and eggs over the weekend,
I ate my bunny...


i hope you are all having a wonderful and blessed Easter, and that the true meaning may find its way into your heart...amongst all the Easter eggs in your tummy! I have a Lindt Bunny that I got from a precious friend of mine...he is still in tact on my desk...
blogging has been an interesting and fun journey with lots of learning curves - one of the most exciting things was learning how to code! thank goodness I have a resident coder and teacher!
to celebrate 10 000 hits (wow) on my blog I am giving away some candy...above is just a taste!
in the parcel you will find
4 x ink pads, (distress ink, encore and fabrico) 2 x alphabet set stamps, 2 x wood mounted stamps, 3 x packets of ATC card blanks, stickers, embellishments, printed transparencies, ribbon, 6x6 inch papers and a whole lot more....
all you need to do is to leave a comment on my blog with your e-mail address so I can get hold of you, and then tell your friends to visit and do the same. once i reach 10 000 hits I will do a random draw. The give-away is open to all creative souls across the world.

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